January 21, 2001
"Redemption & Release"
Jesus was anointed to do the work of the Father as a servant. It is said
that the servant of God would come and be anointed and declare "the
acceptable year of the Lord" (v.19) This "acceptable year" was
the year of Jubilee, proclaimed every 50 years. It was the year when debts were
cancelled and slaves were freed. Jesus sees His life's purpose to redeem and
release the people. This program of release was the good news to all that were
oppressed, afflicted, and bound. Jesus has come to set us free. How?
The poor in spirit find freedom in the Gospel - Christ has
come to set us free. We find freedom in the message of the Gospel. We are now
forgiven and given this precious liberty. Jesus has said: "If you continue
in My word You are truly My disciples indeed and you will know the truth and the
truth shall set you free". Jesus
has come to announce freedom.
Captives to sin now find release in Christ. Once we were
bound in Satan's grasp. Once we were held captive to sin, to the devil, to the
weight of strife. Christ broke into time and space to set us free to be the
children of God. The burden and
yoke of sin can wear us down. How can this strangle hold of sin be broken? It is
broken in the form of a cross. Jesus came to break the rod of sin's oppression
but going to the cross carrying our sin on His own shoulders. He suffered on the
cross of Calvary so that our sins would once and forever be forgiven.
"There is therefore now, no condemnation for those who are in Christ
Jesus" the Bible tells us. Christ has released you from sin to be free in
Those blinded by sin received sight through the light of
Christ. Jesus will call those who trust only in themselves blind guides and
blind fools. Sin has a tendency to blind us. Sin blinds us to see the true
purpose for which we were created. Sin blinds us to see the will of God in our
lives. Sin blinds us to know and understand what God wants for us.
But once Christ has come to set us from sin we can clearly see His
perfect will for our lives. How do we know God's perfect will?
We find it in His sure and certain word.
When you read God's Word the will of the Father will be made clear to
you. Remember those certain words: "Thy Word is a lamb unto my feet and a
light unto my path"
Those oppressed by their own sin, or by the sins of others,
find liberty in Christ. Word sting.
Words spoken in anger can cause great hurts and wounds. Time has a way of
healing old wounds but not all. We need the healing salve that only Jesus can
give. When we are hurt and offended but an uncaring act or a harsh word, Jesus'
healing brings restoration. We find the reconciliation that we need in the
wounds and stripes of Christ our Savior. "By His stripes you are
healed" the prophet tells us. In
Christ we find healing in His wing. In Christ we find the only comfort that will
last and bind up the broken hearted.
"The acceptable year of the Lord" has come to us once again.
Liberty, restoration and peace come not every 50 years. It comes day by day,
whenever Jesus' words of peace are announced to you. By your hearing of these marvelous Words of the Savior,
announced in your hearing, rise up renewed and refreshed to live as His forgiven
people. In Jesus your sins are forgiven, live in His peace! Amen.
Soli Deo Gloria+